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On May 17th and 18th from 9am to 9am, Naughty Dog, Wargaming America, Rooster Teeth, and ASTRO Gaming are teaming up for a great cause!  The charity they’ll be helping out is Operation Supply Drop.

Operation Supply Drop’s mission is:

“Operation Supply Drop (OSD) is a military gaming 501(c)(3) charity designed to build video game filled care packages for soldiers (America and Her Allies) both deployed forward to combat zones as well as those recovering in military hospitals.”

This event will be used to raise funds for video game care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and recovery centers across the United States.  It will be a 24-hour non-stop gaming marathon which OSD dubs as an 8-Bit Salute.

It’s always great to see companies and people coming together for such a great cause.

8-Bit Salute Boxes Filled

Operation Supply Drop was created by Captain Stephen Machuga in 2010 and has since raised approximately $700,000 and served 2,500 soldiers.

Here is a video to show what OSD is all about:

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To register or donate to this cause or just simply want to find out more about OSD, go here.

Source: Operation Supply Drop official website, The Bohle Company

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 12 Aug, 2013 At 10:59 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Otaku Events, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarMini Con certainly stays true to its name. Having been to many conventions held in smaller hotels before, I knew the majority of them weren’t as wholesome as conventions held in conference centers and spacious well-equipped hotels. I believed Mini Con however would be a good experience. Was it? Kind of.

It would've been more fun if I had money to buy stuff.

It would’ve been more fun if I had money to buy stuff.

I will begin with the biggest problem I had with this convention, basically, the entire layout. I’ve complained about the layout of conventions before but the layout for Mini Con was nothing short of a panelist’s worst nightmare. Everything was stuffed into one room (except the video game room which was before of the main room). Aside from some artists and vendors near the entrance everybody was packed along with the main event stage, photo booth, and makeshift panel “room.” Basically it was a small area with chairs and some equipment obscured by two walls, one of which served as a doodle space. When you have more people interested in a wall than what’s supposed to be going on in it, it’s very discouraging. I have hosted these two panels before, and all of them have had a decent turn out but for Mini Con that wasn’t the case. The reason for panels being hosted in their own, concealed space is to attract more people by having an environment separated from all the distractions of the con itself so people can wander in and see if what’s going on is of interest to them without being drawn away by something more noisy. The feel of the room is greatly improved by isolation as it does provide a break from the often agitated atmosphere of a convention. My setup didn’t provide that, the loudness of the main stage in this enclosed space had me yelling to be heard and passerby couldn’t understand what was going on. Also the people that attended overall didn’t seem to seek out the unique things a convention provided and were mostly there to hang out. Maybe this was due to the fact an offshoot show hosted by a more notorious well known convention I’ve covered before was happening the same day and might have directed the active hardcore convention attendees away but it’s just a theory. The video game room was quite good, lots of retro games were to be found as well as newer ones. The cosplayers, simply great. The majority of the attendees were cosplaying and there was everything from Attack on Titan to League of Legends. This made the costume contest quite entertaining.

The free table of a young artist.

The free table of a young artist.

The sellers were decent and I did see quite many underage and disabled artists selling their artwork because of Mini Con’s generosity. A paid workshop to make Twinkie minions was held to give the profits to Drops of Hope. And of course everybody’s paid tickets had part of it go to the same charity. With all its faults Mini Con is still one of the only geek events in Florida to be actively involved with a charity and it needs the community’s continued support to keep thriving and growing. As a newcomer to the scene it is bound to make some mistakes, but I have confidence in that the show will get better with time. These are my suggestions in how to make the new show considerably better.

  1. Have panels away from the main event room in their own individual spaces.
  2. Seek out panelists to offer a wide variety of panels so con attendees can see the plethora of things they can do on their con schedules and decide to check some out.
  3. Have parking for con attendees in a more convenient location.
  4. Larger space if exhibitors and main stage are to be put together.
  5. Try to get more attendants by making sure event is not the day of another event and advertise in other conventions more.

To stay up to date with Mini Cons next show, like their official Facebook page.

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 8 Aug, 2013 At 11:51 AM | Categorized As Conventions, Featured, Otaku Events, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Part of my work with ROG is the ability to attend events and host panels. It allows me to promote the site and get the chance to interact with other otakus. Mini Con is one of those events. I don’t always get to host panels, but when I do I make sure they kick butts! I will be hosting two fun, informative panels for your enjoyment.

  • Otaku on a Budget
  • Spot the Fakes: How to Avoid Replicas and Other Unlicensed Goods

Mini Con is an event I strongly recommend attending. A portion of every ticket sold goes to Drops of Hope, a local charity that helps pediatric cancer patients. Thus you can have a great time and help people in need simultaneously, it’s a win-win. Another charitable gesture they do is give free artist tables to young and disabled artists, make sure you support them.

Make amazing things like this happen. A room makeover for a little girl who’s battling cancer.

There shall be a game room hosted by Anime Gaming Experience, a costume contest with prizes, and many other cool panels alongside mines. I hope to see you there soon!

RSVP here.

By SarahTheRebel On 8 Jul, 2013 At 02:15 AM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

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This week marks the end of Operation Supply Drop’s month-long donation drive of building video game-filled packages for injured veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The AbleGamers Charity announced the charitable donation of multiple customized controllers powered by Evil Controllers.
“As a service disabled veteran myself, I’m always thrilled when AbleGamers is presented with an opportunity to support our troops,” said Mark Barlet, President and Founder of the AbleGamers Charity. “These controllers are some of the best custom hardware available for gamers who need assistance using an Xbox. I’m honored we were able to participate in the day’s festivities and grateful to Operation Supply Drop for the chance to get disabled veteran gamers back into the game.”
“We’re big fans of the AbleGamers Charity,” said Stephen Machuga, Founder of Operation Supply Drop. “As Operation Supply Drop is transitioning from a wartime to a peacetime mission, working with injured soldiers recovering in military hospitals, teaming up with AbleGamers Charity makes a lot of sense in keeping smiles on soldiers’ faces through video gaming.”
“Gamers with disabilities are an important part of our community,” said Adam Coe, Founder of Evil Controllers. “We spend as much time as we can researching and developing new accessible controllers in conjunction with AbleGamers. Evil Controllers is proud to support our troops and the disability community at large.”

About AbleGamers

The AbleGamers Charity is a 501(c)(3) public charity foundation that runs AbleGamers.com, which provides news and reviews on the accessibility of mainstream video game titles, as well as consultation on assistive technology. As an alternative to Serious Gaming, mainstream video games supply many disabled individuals and veterans with rehabilitation as well as social stimulation in situations where they may be otherwise shut out of society’s idea of normal, everyday life.

About Operation Drop

Founded in 2010 by Captain Stephen Machuga, Operation Supply Drop is a 501(c)(3) public charity designed to send video game-filled care packages to soldiers both deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. OSD has already raised $300,000 in donations from the gaming community and has provided support to approximately 1500 soldiers.

About Evil Controllers

Evil Controllers is a controller modification company based out of Tempe, Arizona. Evil Controllers is one of the first companies to offer professional Rapid Fire and Fast Reload controller mods. Their controller mods are created to support the most popular franchises in the industry, covering a variety of genres. Evil Controllers is also popular for their cooperation with The AbleGamers Foundation. They create custom controllers for disabled gamers with button modification and relocation customization. Evil Controllers works hard to ensure that every gamer can have fun doing what they love, playing games

By SarahTheRebel On 4 Jan, 2013 At 05:01 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe tragedy at Sandy Hook still echoes strongly in many hearts, mine included. In fact, I didn’t even have the heart to try and write something up about it (which would be appropriate, since video games were brought into the discussion as one of the scapegoats).

Connecticut School Shooting

I didn’t know what to do, so I did nothing.

Then, Commander Bedlam reached out to me to see if NBF would help with something she called Gamers for Sandy Hook, an initiative to raise money for the affected families and community.

Mark Meer (aka the voice of Commander Shepard!) is donating a Skype date with the person who donates the highest amount (in total) on February 6th 2013 at 9 pm EST. You have until January 25th, 2013 at 8 pm EST to try to be the highest donor. Yeah, you read that right…a date with Commander Shepard (if you close your eyes).

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Mark isn’t the only voice actor down with the cause. Elias Toufexis, the voice of Adam Jensen from Deus Ex: Human Revolution (and others such as Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and Need for Speed), shared a video endorsement of Gamers for Sandy Hook

Subscribe to http://www.gamersforsandyhook.org for updated prize information, as I hear there may even be a signed copy of Mass Effect‘s OST in the pipeline!

Click to donate or for more information!

Join us in giving back to a community torn apart. Let’s show them that they are not alone, and that we care.

Article first appeared on NerdyButFlirty.com

No GravatarThere are two big deals I’ve found lurking around the interwebs I think would make gamers very upset if they found out about it after it has passed. So if you want to receive a very special free game or a mindbogglingly huge can’t miss cheap bundle read on!

Donkey Kong Free Game Giveaway 

It’s technically not a giveaway as you have to purchase another game in order to acquire the free Donkey Kong game. There are five specific games you can get in order to earn it: Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Style Savvy: Trendsetters, Crosswords Plus, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone, and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. As you can see, only two of the five games listed are ones you’d buy without any incentive so the game is like an added bonus

However the reason why I put it here is because it’s the original Donkey Kong that’s never been available for purchase in the United States and once this deal is gone, well it might not be available again. So get in on the action before January 6 of next year. Just make sure you’re a Club Nintendo Member and register your games after you buy them.

The Humble THQ Bundle

This deal is the motherload. You get 6 video games via Steam codes, Metro 2033, Darksiders, Red Faction, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor with a starting donation of $1 or above. As if it wasn’t enough you get the soundtracks for Saints Row The Third, the director’s cut of the Darksiders soundtrack, Red Faction, and Company of Heroes: All Heroes Rise and Company of Heroes: Songs from the Front all with an average of about twenty tracks.  If you pay over $5.72 (the average donation) you also get a copy of Saints Row The Third thrown in.

The best part of this bundle deal is you can donate all the money to charity if you desire. Profits given to charity go to Child’s Play Charity which brings joy to sick children in hospitals by giving them consoles and video games to enjoy (the tears in the corner of my eyes) and the American Red Cross. You can also give a portion of your money to THQ for being such generous folks and a “tip” to Humble Bundle for their good work.

The largest donation given so far has been a staggering $1,050 and over 1.7 million dollars has been collected so far and still rising as I am writing this. Watching the counter rise gives me a good feeling, because as a gamer it proves we have the ability to change the world through what we love doing.

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 8 Jun, 2012 At 07:10 PM | Categorized As Featured, Toys and Merchandise | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarHello guys, GFF is back with more exciting and beautiful figures for those of us with a love for them!

Cheerful Japan! Saber and Rin Nendoroid 

I absolutely love the Cheerful Japan! line because it brings my love of figures and charity together. Cheerful Japan! is what you get when you bring Good Smile Company and other figure manufacturers to bring new figures themed around the project’s title. Part of the money made is to be donated to support relief to the area afflicted by the tsunami that occurred last year. These new figures are a two for one bargain. Featuring TYPE-MOON’s Saber and Rin comes one of the most adorable cheerleading combos ever conceived!

rin and saber holding up bannersaber and rin tired and resting

They come with their own banner, set of pom poms, tired faces, and extra parts to sit them down.

Maker: Good Smile Company  Average online price: $104.90

Figuarts Zero Smoker 

I love One Piece, and so I believe it’s about time to feature one of their many villains. I introduce you to Smoker, one of my favorite marines. He comes with a jute, another face, and a changeable smoky arm to showcase his Devil Fruit ability.

Typical smoker stanceDevil fruit smoke ability

Now kids, no matter how cool he is it still doesn’t make smoking cool.

Makers: Bandai  Average online price: $36.24

K-On! 1/6 Scale Hirasawa Yui and Akiyama Mio (Clayz)

Akiyama MioHirasawa Yui

These stand alone figures from the hit show K-On! have an interesting story behind them. Apparently they were to be released by 2011, but the makers wanted to give their sculptors more time to make them perfect. The results are quite amazing.

Maker: Clayz  Average online price: $112.91

Touhou Vignette Reimu Hakurei Figure

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What I’d like to call a 16cm wonder. Some of you may be thinking “this is not the Touhou Project I know” and you’re right. Unless you know your Touhou you wouldn’t know most of what you see out there is fan art. This is the official artwork this is based on, enjoy!

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It's okay to scream.

Maker: Pink Company  Average online price: $65.00

By SarahTheRebel On 9 May, 2012 At 04:25 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, Otaku Events, Toys and Merchandise | With 1 Comment

No GravatarThis Saturday I had the opportunity to attend the opening night of the My Little Pony Project 2012 LA charitable art exhibit at the Toy Art Gallery. The exhibit is inspired, of course, by Hasbro’s My Little Pony.

The My Little Pony Project 2012 is a year long GLOBAL celebration in honor of the theme “Friendship is Magic”. Artists from LA, NYC and Tokyo all had a hand in creating one-of-a-kind ponies to raise money for charity.

The opening night included the project charity ponies, 18″ MY LITTLE PONY figures designed by international fine artists, and a pop-up shop by WeLoveFine.

Toy Art Gallery also joined forces with JapanLA, Joyrich and Munky King, and to host a pony treasure hunt, which, I sadly, did not get to in time to participate in.

It may shock anyone unfamiliar with the new My Little Pony culture that has sprung up, but the line to get in started hours before the gallery opened and, by the time I left Toy Art Gallery to head for JapanLA, was stretched around the end of the block. So many men and women came together to celebrate, from guys in punk rock gear and all black ensembles to delicate ladies costumed as unicorns to bemused mothers toting around sons and daughters.

the line started half a block earlier and wrapped around the block!

Even Perez Hilton got in on the magic… in his… special way.

In all the event was a very eye-opening experience for me. So many different people could relate with the super-simple pony themes: friendship, magic and art. Who is a brony? Who is a pegasister? Who is the real pony otaku? The answer is much less stereotypical than you might think!

(ps there is a SarahTheRebel spotting around 2:27 and again around 4:14)

The event was done very well and kudos to the team who coordinated it. There were free cakeballs (as many as you could eat!) a free bar (with sodas for the kids) and an awesome DJ. Overall I was just very impressed. Not many events have the amount of positive energy this one had. But I guess that’s just all that magical friendship floating around!

I’m excited to see how much money this actually raises for charity.

Check out the full artist list and the photo gallery below!

Featured artists:

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64 Colors
Ana Bagayan
Angry Woebots
Blamo (Mikie Graham)
Blythe (Junie Moon)
Chikuwaemil
COPE2
DABS & MYLA
Eimi
HIME+YOU
Indie *on view at Munky King.
Jillian Kate
J*RYU
Julie West
Kano
Lisa Alisa
Luke Chueh
Madoka Kinoshita
Martin Hsu
Mark Mothersbaugh
Miso
Miss Kika
Onch Movement
Perez Hilton
Shojono Tomo
Sket One
Spank! *on view at JapanLA.
TOUMA

 

By otakuman5000 On 20 Aug, 2011 At 03:54 PM | Categorized As Company Spotlight, Contests, Featured, International News, PC Games, Previews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarKorriban’s Lancers, a (mostly) Texan guild involved with the upcoming video game Star Wars: The Old Republic is raffling off a collector’s editions and digital deluxe editions of the game. Valued at $150 USD, this includes both hard and digital items including:

•Exclusive Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue
•Star Wars: The Old Republic game discs in collectable metal case
•The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural annotated by Satele Shan
•Old Republic galaxy map
•Custom security authentication key
•Exclusive music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD
•High quality Collector’s Edition box
•Flare gun: Fire flares into the air
•Training droid: Hovers at your side for combat assistance
•HoloDancer: Project your own holographic dancer
•HoloCam: Keep visual records of in-game adventures
•STAP: Sleek and unique in-game vehicle
•Exclusive Mouse Droid: Spunky droid to join your adventures
•Exclusive Collector’s Edition store: Unique in-game vendor with a dynamic assortment of items
The Digital Deluxe Edition does not include the hard items, or the Mouse Droid, or the Exclusive Digital Store.

The tickets run $10 apiece, payable through our website at www.korribanslancers.com via paypal. Please specify that you are entering the raffle. You will recieve a return email with your number.

We four of CE’s available. We will be giving away one collector’s edition for each sixty tickets sold up to 240 tickets After we run out of our CE’s, we will be purchasing digital deluxe editions every 60th ticket sold. This raffle is to benefit Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys, games, books, and cash to sick children in partner hospitals across the United States.

How to enter: Enter by donating on our website: www.korribanslancers.com.Email the reciept(s) from your entries to us at:  korribanslancers@gmail.com along with your real name, address, and telephone number so that we can notify you after the drawing. Your reciept number(s) are your raffle ticket numbers. You may email multiple reciepts as attachments. Reciepts will be verified through our records. Entries will be accepted starting at 12:01 AM on August 19, 2011. The contest will end at 11:59 PM on September 15, 2011.

For more information about the raffle, or more information about donating to Child’s Play through Korriban’s Lancers please contact me at
roninbear@gmail.com